A supahstah weekend getaway!
Canyon Cove, Nasugbu, Batangas
30 April 2011
35 degree Celsius and it still got hotter. Summer is definitely in its peak, as we drove all the way South to Nasugbu, Batangas for our company’s summer escapade.
Working for 5 days a week, with all those rush works, stressful projects, and boring working environment, a break such as this is definitely worth it to break the tension and stresses. Plus it is also a moment where bond between officemates grew tighter and perhaps even deeper.
Together with my girlfriends, we drove via a private car, in convoy with the 6 buses to Canyon Cove Resort Batangas, on Saturday morning. The trip itself is relaxing, as you see and pass by sceneries you don’t get to see in the metro’s corner: lush greeneries, humble houses, stretch of fruit stands, fields, lakes, and even a volcano-these pictures set the mood right away, added by good vibes, music, and good company! The trip took about 3 hours, wandering southward, amidst the heat outside, loud laughter and voices echoed the vehicle’s wall- happy times!
Few stopovers along the way, and soon we reached the place. A number of medium rise buildings, standing from a hill overlooking the South China Sea. From the parking lot, a few walks, to the lobby, down to the patio, and you will be rewarded by the scenic view of the cove: with fortresses of boulders arising from the water in the left and a far from the beach. A beautiful white sand beach, quite harmful though, because of the rubbles of stones and shells especially in the area where the water meets sand. The sea water is inviting, considering its blue color, and the hot weather. People are flooding the beach area, where some activities are held: swimming, skim boarding, eating, and basically just bumming around that white sand. We swam the water after we got hold of the beautiful scene. The coldness of the water is definitely an oasis amidst the heat of the weather. The bottom sand is quite therapeutic due to its coarseness. The salty water on the other hand is irritating to the eye, and quite a hindrance in witnessing the view of the sea bed, but nevertheless it was still worth it. Various forms and shapes of stones and shells are to be located. I myself managed to get a rugged looking nautilus shell, good for keepsakes!
After few moments of swimming and floating by the water, we rose and just bum around the beach, drenched in water but soon enough, we were all sticky and warm due to the intense heat of the sun. Wind hushed for some moments, though it was like a hair blower fuming on my face. Lunch time came and we gobbled into some Filipino foods like afritada, adobo, ginatanng tilapia, smoked tawilis, and red egg. Fresh fruits such as watermelon, pineapple and oranges are also served. After we ate, people got lazier to get back and swim. I myself felt bored due to the food intake and the hotter midday sun. But after I bummed below the tent, we decided to check the sea boulders on the far left side of the cove. The walk took out few minutes, as we passed by other groups enjoying the sun, sand, and beach. We reached the sea boulders; it was tough to pass by these enormous irregular shapes and sizes rocks. But as soon as you pass by these, there is this peaceful place- another cove- like a cave but blocked with these huge rock wall. This is the area where the rocks meet the water, the lushness of the rock formation, and the cascading of the sea water creates this serene atmosphere. We climb this sea walls, it was hard due to the sizes of these massive rocks, but as you get to the top of about 4 meters from the beach level it is rewarding: the gush of the wind, plus the different perspective of the beach and the resort too. Various flora and fauna can also be located dancing by the flow of the wind. It is a best place to just rest and just be quiet, as you wander through time and the scenic view. We stayed there for about 30 minutes, and left after the guard reprimanded us. We don’t have any idea that the place is off limits. But nevertheless we enjoyed our snapshot moments of tranquility. We got back to our tent, together with the other people, staying off the sun area. Its past lunch time, and mind you it is the hottest moment. I never got back to the water for some wandering in the sea, because of the intensity of the weather. I just sat down on the chair and just let time passed by. We ate our snacks after some time, while watching some people playing Frisbee, while others are swimming, and a guy skim boarding on the right side of the beach. Meanwhile officemates who are getting back to the Metro at 4 pm started cleaning up their things and preparing for their voyage home. For us who will take the overnight, just passed the time, and decided that we will just take our bath in the resort where we will have our overnight stay.
White to Gray
Off to our next stop, we bid goodbye to the others who are about to go home, while we zoom our way out too. The resort we reserved the week before is way too different to the posh-ness of the Canyon “Cove, though same stretch of beach, yet the scene is very different. The resort is El Cacar: pool in the middle of the parking lot, cottages that are too close to each other, small facilities, well basically everything is unplanned well. We waited in the beach area for the check out time of the group who are using our room. The sand is gray but powdery, the water is grayish too, horses can be located in the beach, henna tattoos on one spot, and people all around the place, definitely a public place. The beach though gave a beautiful view of the sunset, shades of orange burst into the west added by the beautiful coordination of the different shapes of the clouds.
I was nauseated due to the sticky feeling of my sweat, the heat, and the stiffness of my hair. Soon as we get managed of our room, I immediately took my bath, and changed clothes. While others took turn in their chance for the bathroom, I took chances of sleeping in the bunk bed. Soon as all have finished, others started to heat our packed dinner: adobo, mussels and buttered shrimp (courtesy of our friend who didn’t manage to join us). Everything is all well as we ate, after such, I felt sleepy already, and my heart started to palpitate. Due to that I didn’t manage to join the group as they drink the night away.
Laughing, chatting, loud voices,…I cant sleep fully, I wanted to rest yet my heart still beats so fast. Hours had passed, and my friends slowly lead their way into their bed. I myself decided to just wake up, and perhaps drink a beer or two, good thing 2 of them were not yet sleepy. Its past 11 pm, we wander the beach area. Amidst the darkness of the beach area, are the little lights shining from the sky and afar from the sea: westward are the fisherman’s lights standing out of the darkness of the sea and above in the huge expanse of the atmosphere of stars and night clouds. Its very melancholic moment: the cool hush of the wind, the sound of the waves, the dampness of the sand, and the view. While the scene envelopes our whole being, the three of us, talked anything and everything about love and relationships. We talked, listen, thought, and understand. Little that we know that for that span of time 3 shooting stars would whiz above us. It was amazing, that I made 3 wishes, for the first 3 shooting stars that I’ve seen for my whole 24 years of being!
We didn’t notice how time flew fast, its 2 am of Sunday, and decided to get back to our room and sleep. As the morning came, we ate our breakfast and prepared our things as we get back to Manila. The short weekend getaway was indeed fast, but definitely somehow sheds off the busy life in the city. Yes it is indeed tiresome in the end, but for outings like this, links between officemates go beyond the walls of the office, but you get to know them better, understand them, and bonds grew tighter: laughter, stories, jokes, beer, vodka, sand, sun, and beach. Just like the breakwater boulders, it relives stresses, and you get to see different perspective on your officemates as you see them as a friend–shared moments and definitely happy times!